Health & Fitness Dr Alex George opens up on 'emotional toll' of working on 'relentless' COVID frontline
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Dr Alex George has reflected on the emotional impact theis having on hospital staff caring for COVID patients.
The Love Island star has been working in the A&E department of University Hospital Lewisham since the beginning of the pandemic, currently working two to three 10 hour shifts.
George told: "The daily deaths are very scary. [There’s] a huge number of patients coming to the A&E department, it just puts so much pressure on us.
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“I’ve been a doctor for more than 20 years and I have never seen anything like this.” The UK is in the midst of a serious surge in Covid-19 infections for the second time in less than a year. In November, more than 20,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the UK each day, with one early exception. Deaths from the virus are also on the rise once more – on Wednesday, the daily coronavirus death toll neared 600 for the first time since May.
"It’s really hard as well, because obviously staff are feeling fatigue. Doctors and nurses are off sick, either with Covid, or long Covid, or with burnout - so it’s been pretty tough."
It comes as England is currently in its third national lockdown with the death tollthis week.
George added that during the first peak of the pandemic there was a "lot of adrenalin" as well as public support, but it's now harder as staff have "been so tired for such a long time".
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"We're fed up, just like the public is. We just want the back of it. And it’s relentless - I think what's difficult is the emotional toll of it, each patient who is sick requires a really high level of care," he went on.
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He did state the vaccine is the "light at the end of the tunnel" and that the rollout should be ramped up to be given out 24/7.
As well as the toll of working during the pandemic, George also experienced a devastating personal loss last year as his 19-year-old brother Llŷr took his own life after suffering with mental health problems.
George said earlier this month that he wants toto discuss changing mental health education in schools.
He later gavestating he was “awaiting a call” from the Prime Minister.
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Dr Alex George shares an insight into working on the NHS frontline .
The Love Island star, who has been working at University Hospital Lewisham since the start of the pandemic, filmed a vlog for his YouTube channel on Sunday.The Love Island star, who has been working at University Hospital Lewisham since the start of the pandemic, filmed a vlog for his YouTube channel on Sunday in which he interviewed fellow doctors about the current issues facing the health service.